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Micah Gilbert

Songwriter Micah Gilbert was born in Athens, Georgia, and grew up in various southeastern U.S. cities. He performed both as a solo artist and in various bands including “Glass Bead Game” before resettling in Athens, Georgia, a town whose music scene is legendary. There he developed a following as the main songwriter, lead vocalist, and guitarist for the popular band Magister Ludi (A follow up to the “Glass Bead Game” band). The band was loved by fans and respected by critics. Hailed as ‘a breath of fresh musical air’, Magister Ludi picked up considerable radio airplay and was lauded by the press for the compelling songs, strong vocals, ‘ringing guitar hooks’, and ‘infectious groove’.

After Magister Ludi, Micah released his 11-song solo CD, Book of Changes (Mellifluid), co-produced with New-York-based producer/engineer Garry Rindfuss and recorded at John Keane’s studio in Athens. The CD captured the admiration of listeners and critics alike, twice earning invitations to perform at South-by-Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, Texas.

He then made the international move to Scotland, where he is busily focused on songwriting and on recording both his own music and that of others. Micah has been fortunate to have worked with many gifted musicians and artists over the years. Recently he recorded two musical pieces for Woodstock Writers Radio. In 2015, 2016, and again in 2017 Micah had the pleasure of performing at Liverpool’s well known venue, The Cavern Club. Recently asked to provide two songs for a short film by an up-and-coming Scottish film-maker, he is increasingly attracted to this kind of outlet for his material. Currently, he is finishing a CD for release in 2017.

Micah’s songs have been appreciated on many levels, for their ‘distinct and memorable melodies’, ‘skilful, well crafted, intelligent lyrics’, ‘vivid images’, ‘catchy subtlety’, and ‘fine details’.

He is a professional member of the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers, and Authors (BASCA), and affiliated as a writer with BMI.

What they’ve said about Micah Gilbert . . .

‘[Gilbert’s songs] are colorful, pleasingly rich in fine details . . . loaded with hooks and wry, thoughtful gems of insight as catchy as they are pointed’. (Jeff Payne, Flagpole, Athens, Georgia)

‘He is able to interweave some wonderful aural moods with lyrics that evoke vivid images, and while most songwriters use sparseness to draw attention to their lyrics, Gilbert uses the musical and lyrical elements of a song as complements, and we are left transfixed by both of them’. (David Bash, Amplifier, Massachussets)

‘Book of Changes is Micah Gilbert’s first album, but it’s hardly a fledgling effort. Gilbert has been writing and playing his songs as a solo artist and in bands since he was a teenager in Columbia [South Carolina]. These songs, though, are the most fully developed and exciting of his career. . . . Possessed of an exploratory intelligence and few prejudices, Gilbert has absorbed a variety of musical styles and influences. His adventurousness and attention to detail are evident in the songs and arrangements of Book of Changes. His songs acknowledge the past without becoming moribund museum pieces or superficial nostalgic kitsch. He simply writes great songs and plays them with imagination and commitment. . . . Book of Changes is consistently entertaining without pandering to the listeners’ lowest expectations, and is intriguing without indulging in hip obscurantism. . . . Taken together [the songs] make up an extraordinary vision of the possibilities of contemporary songcraft’. (Chelsea Snelgrove, The Point, Columbia, South Carolina)

About Book of Changes: ‘Yet another gem from the musical oasis of Athens, GA. Gilbert spent time with a popular Athens group called Magister Ludi, but this dreamy, melancholy set of almost-baroque pop tunes is likely to raise his profile considerably. Many tunes exhibit bits and pieces of a John Lennon/Revolver-era Beatles influence, but mostly Gilbert’s minor key excursions into the mystic are his own. A keeper’. (Luke Torn, The Austin Chronicle, Austin, Texas)

‘What Gilbert does, he does well. . . . distinct and memorable melodies and intelligent lyrics within the same song . . . Gilbert’s pop craft is in abundance on Book of Changes. . . . [He is] someone who actually writes and sings with intelligence but doesn’t forget that the key element of pop is melody’. (Bruce Folkerth, Flagpole, Athens, Georgia)

‘This guy WRITES songs, not just plays them. Skillful, well-crafted intelligent lyrics, catchy Crowded House, John Lennon subtlety . . .’ (Bruce Brodeen, Not Lame Recording)

‘You can expect to hear more about this intelligent pop singer/songwriter . . .’ (Jeff Clark, Creative Loafing, Atlanta, Georgia)